Organic Poppy Seed

Organic Poppy Seed
Organic Poppy Seed
Organic Poppy Seed Organic Poppy Seed
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301030 001
$8.34
Net Weight:
2.7 oz
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Poppy seeds, for being as tiny as they are, have a wide variety of uses and controversies surrounding them. This seed comes from the plant Papaver somniferum, which also produces some beautiful flowers.

Organic poppy seeds have no volatile oil, but they do have fixed oils ranging from 40%-60% which are primarily made up of linoleic acid.

These seeds have interesting names in other languages. In Arabic it is called "khash khash," in Mandarin it is called "ying shu ciao," in French "pivot somnifere," in German you will hear "mohn," in Hindi "khas-khas," in Japanese "keshi," in Portuguese "papoula," in Russian it is mak snotvornyj," and in Spanish "semilla de amapola" is the name of choice. The plant where the seeds come from may be called the opium poppy or the breadseed poppy.

 

 

History of Organic Poppy Seeds

These tiny seeds have a huge history. They have been valued since the ancient times for their uses in both medicine and cooking. In 1804, morphine was first isolated from the poppy plant. German pharmacist Friedrich Serturner was is believed to be the first person to ever isolate an alkaloid from a plant. He named it morphium from the Greek name Morpheus. Morpheus was the god of dreams in Greek mythology. His drug became widely used in 1815 after many years of intense study and research on the effects of the drug. Merck the drug chemist company started marketing this drug commercially in 1827, at a time where it was just a single shop in Darmstadt, Germany.

In the mid-1800s, wars were fought between England and China because the Chinese did not want Western traders bringing opium into their country, especially since heavy reliance to opium was becoming a widespread problem in Western countries.

In both the book and the film The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and animal companions Toto the dog and the Cowardly Lion walk through a field of opium poppies, which causes them fall into an incredibly deep sleep. L. Frank Baum, the author of this famed story, was very clever to make the characters wake up with the introduction of snow to their systems by Glenda the Good Witch. At the time of his writing the novel, "snow" was a nickname for cocaine. When patents would overdose on opium, doctors would often administer cocaine to reverse the effects of the opium.

Poppy seeds in cooking have an interesting history as well. Eastern Europeans have used both the blue-black and white poppy seeds in baking. In Germany, these seeds have been used for desserts, and in Poland they are a huge part of the cuisine.

Poppy seeds have been mentioned in Ancient Egyptian texts as well as Sumerian texts. These seeds are believed to have been used in cooking for thousands of years. Some cultures used to believe that ingesting the seeds or wearing them in jewelry, usually after they had been covered in gold, would bring them good luck and wealth. The opium poppy is part of the coat of arms for the United Kingdom's Royal College of Anaesthetists, which is quite fitting.

 

Poppy Seed Cultivation

 

The poppy plant grows anywhere from three to five feet tall and has pink, red, or purple flowers. This plant prefers space, so they need to be planted with a distance of 6 inches to a foot apart from one another. They thrive in well-drained soil but can adapt to many soil types. Poppies grown in particularly wet areas require a good drainage system because they are very susceptible to diseases to their roots and leaves. These diseases are more likely to thrive in wetter climates. Root rot is a huge issue for poppies that grow in wet climates. After the seed pod has grown fully, it must be dried out before the seeds can be harvested. The seed pod is considered fully grown when it starts turning yellow-brown from its original green color. The seeds produced are extremely small, shaped like kidneys, and are a slate blue or white color. It can take between 900,000 and 2 million seeds, depending on size of the seeds to make up a whole pound of poppy seeds.

These plants should not be confused with their closely related cousins who are used in the manufacturing of opiates. These cousins are grown in Asia, particularly the region called the "Golden Triangle" which is made up of Thailand, Burma, and Laos. The culinary plant is grown in Romania, Turkey, India, Australia, and the Netherlands. The culinary poppy seed has a very low level of opiates and are used for cooking purposes only. Since poppy seeds can only be harvested once the seed pods have dried out, and their opium rich latex has dried out, these seeds are of no use medicinally.

Our Organic Poppy Seeds are from Turkey.

 

Cooking with Poppy Seeds

 

Poppy seeds can be ground down using a special grinder specifically designed for them to form a paste that is excellent in sweets and on breads. A paste that is used in filling breads can be made from ground poppy seeds, butter or milk, and sugar.

Lemon and poppy seed are always an excellent combination. These two elements combined in a crepe and topped off with a blueberry sauce are a perfect breakfast food. You can also combine both the flavor of lemon and poppy seed to make delicious cakes, breads, cookies, or cupcakes. Any baking venture can be made brighter with these flavors.

Kutia, or Kutya, is a sweet poppy seed and sweet grain pudding that is popular in the Ukraine. This is a very nutritious dish that is somewhat labor intensive, though the results are sweet and well worth the effort that goes into making it. It is full of fruits like raisins and dried apricots, making for a unique flavor experience.

They are an essential ingredient in the Japanese spice blend Shichimi Togarashi. In northern India, some cooks use ground poppy seeds to help thicken up soups and stews. Poppy seeds are also incredibly popular in salad dressings and with vegetable dishes. You may even find them in some fancy fruit salads.

 

What Does Poppy Seed Taste Like?

 

Poppy seeds are nutty and slightly sweet with a smoky aroma.

 

Substitutions and Conversions

 

In certain scenarios, poppy seeds can be used as a substitute for sesame seeds and vice versa. Nigella seeds can be substituted for poppy seeds in some cases as well, due to their sort of similar flavor and color.

 

Poppy Seed Storage

 

Poppy seeds have a higher oil content, so they can be frozen if you are hoping to store them for a particularly long time.

 

 

IngredientsOrganic Poppy Seeds
Recommended UsesUse to thicken soups and stews, in salad dressing, vegetable dishes and fruit salads
Flavor ProfileNutty and slightly sweet
CuisineAsian, Indian
How To StoreAirtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life1-2 years
Country of OriginTurkey
Dietary PreferencesGluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO

 

 

 

Flavor Characteristics of Spices
Indian Spices and Seasonings
Most Popular Spices by Cuisine
The Power of Poppy: Exploring Opium through "The Wizard of Oz"

 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving

Calories17

% Daily Value*

Total Fat1g2%

Saturated Fat0g1%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat1g

Monounsaturated Fat0g

Cholesterol0mg0%

Sodium0.8mg0%

Total Carbohydrate0.9g0%

Dietary Fiber0.6g3%

Total Sugars0.1g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g

Protein0.6g1%

Vitamin D0mcg0%

Calcium45mg3%

Iron0mg2%

Potassium23mg0%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

2.5 out of 5
15 total ratings.

clifford p. (Verified buyer) 07/12/2021
my wife loved it thank my wife loved it thank you

Robert D. (Verified buyer) 05/01/2021
Tasted amazing, securely packaged, and Tasted amazing, securely packaged, and smelled pungent. Amazing seeds, definitely the place to get them!

Karl P. (Verified buyer) 06/20/2020
Very nice seed, very happy Very nice seed, very happy with my purchase, I will be ordering more Thank you Karl

Drew R. (Verified buyer) 12/01/2018
Very tasty I’m enjoying thank Very tasty I’m enjoying thank you for the best quality

Tina B. (Verified buyer) 09/11/2018
Poppy Seeds So fresh and flavorful!!!!!

David M. (Verified buyer) 11/06/2019
Review Thanks for sending the seeds. I also appreciate the sample of spice that was included. Unfortunately, the smell of the sample spice leeched into the poppy seeds. The seeds, themselves, looked good but I did not like the taste that they had due to the sample being included.

Joshua B. (Verified buyer) 10/23/2019
Flavor was off I’m not sure what it was, but the flavor on these just wasn’t right. The were not rancid or had gone bad, but we’re just off. Visually they looked great, but, my needs go beyond that. It’s seems to be getting harder and harder to find that true nutty taste of proper poppy seeds. I added a star for quick shipping and decent packaging.

Gregory O. (Verified buyer) 04/11/2021
Waste of money. Unuseable seeds Waste of money. Unuseable seeds due to being stored next to spices. People been saying this for years and is still no diffefent

John D. (Verified buyer) 12/24/2020
Gross! Flavor and smell are completely contaminated by other spices. Do not buy unless you want vurry flavored poppy seeds.

Lea M. (Verified buyer) 10/26/2020
The bag and poppy seeds The bag and poppy seeds smelled strongly of other spices, not only did they have strong odor of other spices, they also smelled rancid. Very disappointed in this purchase. I would love to send them back for a refund.
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